X's For Eyes

X s For Eyes Brothers Macbeth and Drederick Tooms should have it made as fair haired scions of an impossibly rich and powerful family of industrialists Alas life is complicated in mid s USA when you re child

  • Title: X's For Eyes
  • Author: Laird Barron
  • ISBN: 9781942712824
  • Page: 294
  • Format: Paperback
  • Brothers Macbeth and Drederick Tooms should have it made as fair haired scions of an impossibly rich and powerful family of industrialists Alas, life is complicated in mid 1950s USA when you re child heirs to the throne of Sword Enterprises, a corporation that has enshrined Machiavelli s The Prince as its operating manual and whose patriarch believes, Now I am become DeatBrothers Macbeth and Drederick Tooms should have it made as fair haired scions of an impossibly rich and powerful family of industrialists Alas, life is complicated in mid 1950s USA when you re child heirs to the throne of Sword Enterprises, a corporation that has enshrined Machiavelli s The Prince as its operating manual and whose patriarch believes, Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds, would be a swell company logo.Consider also those long, cruel winters at the Mountain Leopard boarding school for assassins in the Himalayas, or that Dad may be a supervillain, while an uncle occasionally slaughters his nephews and nieces for sport and the space flight research division of Sword Enterprises accidentally sent a probe through a wormhole into outer darkness and contacted an alien god Now a bloodthirsty cult and an equally vicious rival firm suspect the Tooms boys know something and will spare no expense, nor innocent life, to get their claws on them.Between the machinations of the disciples of black gods and good old corporate skullduggery, it s winding up to be a hell of a summer vacation for the lads.

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    About " Laird Barron "

  • Laird Barron

    I spent my youth in Alaska where I worked in the fishing and construction industries and raced sled dogs I retired from racing around 1995, moved to Washington State, and dedicated myself to writing.Gordon Van Gelder gave me my professional fiction debut when he published Shiva, Open Your Eye in the September issue of The Magazine of Fantasy Science Fiction My debut collection, The Imago Sequence Other Stories, was published in 2007 by Night Shade Books My first novel, The Light Is the Darkness, was published in 2011 by Infernal House, followed by The Croning in 2012 from Night Shade Books.I write stories with elements of crime and horror I m fond of pulp, historicals, science fiction, and noir Typically, my work combines one or of these elements with a horrific or weird supernatural intrusion Cormac McCarthy, Roger Zelazny, Michael Shea, Anne Sexton, Martin Cruz Smith, Angela Carter, T.E.D Klein, Peter Straub these are a few of my favorite authors and my light in the distance when it gets dark.Scotch is my favorite drink Roger Miller and Marty Robbins are my favorite singers Blood Meridian is the best novel I ve ever read I consider earning the loyalty of my old dog my greatest accomplishment Currently I live in the Hudson Valley and am at work on stories about the evil that men do.Photo credit belongs to Ardi AlspachAgent Janet Reid of FinePrint Literary Management

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  • What a nice surprise Mr. Barron has treated us with. What begins as an adventure tale, think of a cross between the Hardy Boys/The Venture Brothers which turns into a tale of cosmic horror beneath the Polar ice. The names of some of the characters was a hoot. we get Tom Mandibole, a cyclops named Noman collector of lost dreamers, the sultry Dr. Bravery, Daredevil Telemachus Crabbe, Captain Ustinov, Dr. Amanda Bole and Cassius Labrador to name just a few. But you get the idea. Mr. Barron must hav [...]


  • Macbeth and Drederick Tooms are the wealthy sons of the founder of Sword Enterprises, an evil corporation bent on world domination. When they discover the wreckage of a Sword space probe, one that isn't due to launch for several days, a mystery is afoot!Since I've recently discovered Laird Barron, I plan to devour everything he's written by the end of the year. Fortunately, I had this one on my kindle already.X's For Eyes is an homage to the Hardy Boys books with Laird Barron's twisted cosmic ho [...]


  • If you, like me, graduated from children's books to Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, and Archie Comics, then "grew up" into more adult fare, including the work of, say, Laird Barron; if you've given up hooded hawks and double jinx's and replaced them with existential darkness and horrors that await us all, then maybe it's time for you to take a trip into the void between the stars and rethink your notions of causality.Because it's all going to come back to you. Everything at once, in an extra-dimensional [...]


  • There's really no point in writing a formal review of this book. Either you already know who Laird Barron is, in which case you're counting your pennies and cadging a buck from your moneybags pal to get the book, or you don't, in which case buy this book for $2.99 and read it and you'll be in Category A.There are other options, of course, but they don't bear thinking too closely about.One note to the author: NO MORE WINKING NOW OR EVER AND GO BACK AND EDIT IT OUT OF THIS BOOK TOO. WINKING IS GRO [...]


  • Laird Barron’s X’S FOR EYES is the first five-star book of 2016. I predict it will be this year’s A HEAD FULL OF GHOSTS or SLOWLY WE ROT — a book that readers talk about throughout the rest of the year and an early, almost certain contender to appear on many Best of 2016 lists twelve months from now. A television reviewers once described Adult Swim’s THE VENTURE BROS as “JOHNNY QUEST on acid.” If that’s so, then X’S FOR EYES is THE VENTURE BROS on acid. A loving homage to all t [...]


  • Along with Laird’s usual heavy cosmic horror tones, there is also a bit of a lighter side in this one as well. A dark and wee more playful Lovecraftian tale from one of the masters of the genre. Fun isn’t typically a word I relate to Laird Barron, but dude pulls it off with this one. Very nicely done.Btw, there is plenty of signature dark and crazy nastiness in this one as well, so don’t get me wrong. This ain’t no comedy.



  • This was a hell of a lot of fun. Action packed and audacious cosmic pulp SF horror with more layers than an onion. A few names whirled through my mind at different points, including Cody Goodfellow, William Gibson, and Robert Howard. Links and references to a number of other Barron stories and the entire riff on the "boy adventurers" trope at the center of the story make this an immensely satisfying read.


  • Something like a cosmic horror Hardy Boys adventure, this novella detailing the exploits of the adolescent Tooms brothers, Macbeth and Drederick, is wickedly poetic, deliciously dark, and brutally bizarro. Not only is Laird Barron at the top of his game here, you can also tell he's having a great deal of fun. Fans of The Venture Brothers and the weird renaissance alike will have a blast. Hopefully the future brings us more weird tales of the Brothers Tooms.


  • The most demented "teen adventure" book you'll ever read. This reminded me a bit of Barron's The Light is the Darkness, with the same breathless pace, and a similar focus on larger-than-life events happening just under the surface of a world that mostly resembles our own. It even has a character named Navarro, like Conrad Navarro in The Light is the Darkness. Other familiar Barron characters like Mandibole also appear. This story was a kick-ass, high octane blast of fun.


  • What to say about X's For Eyes? It's espionage on acid, nightmare noir, a black comedy that sends you reeling through a funhouse of gonzo horrors, fondly tweaking every shibboleth of the cosmic weird along the way. Thank you, Mr. Barron, for dropping this gruesome and hilarious chunk of coal in my Xmas stocking!


  • Brothers Macbeth and Drederick Tooms should have it made as fair-haired scions of an impossibly rich and powerful family of industrialists. Alas, life is complicated in mid-1950s USA when you’re child heirs to the throne of Sword Enterprises, a corporation that has enshrined Machiavelli’s The Prince as its operating manual and whose patriarch believes, Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds, would be a swell company logo.Consider also those long, cruel winters at the Mountain Leopard [...]



  • Yes, this is quite different fare from the author we have here. Still firmly rooted in the 'cosmic horror' category but there's a strong sense of black humour running through.I quite like the novella length story; gives you something to get your teeth into without overstaying its welcome. But here I find myself wondering whether it would have been better either condensed into a short story or developed more fully into a novel. Although this was a good story I sometimes found it quite disjointed [...]


  • A short while back John F.D. Taff wrote a very insightful guest essay on the effectiveness of the short form in horror fiction. Since then I have had the great fortune to read and enjoy some outstanding novellas in the field, ranging from Adam Howe’s collection DIE DOG OR EAT THE HATCHET to Lisa Mannetti’s blisteringly gorgeous DEATHWATCH and, most recently, Laird Barron‘s newest book X’S FOR EYES.Laird Barron is one of those authors whose work is difficult to write about. Everything he [...]


  • That book was lovably crazy like the voice singing Adele songs coming from a padded cell inside an asylum for the criminally insane. I didn't know that cosmic horror could be so wild, idiosyncratic and all-around fun, to be honest. X'S FOR EYES is like a Hardy Boys novel that fell down a cosmic vortex and landed inside a pulp fiction magazine read by someone in hell. I hadn't read Laird Barron before, but now I know why everybody is crazy about him. His overflowing imaginary and his grandiloquen [...]



  • Gee. This really didn't work for me at all. Maybe I just didn't get it? I don't know. I gave up at 18% on my Kindle. I like Barron's other stuff I have read but this one just didn't float my boat.


  • Funny, fast-paced, pulpy, weird crime-noir horror. A story equal parts hard-boiled and Lovecraftian, about a pair of brothers, heirs to a family super-villains and latest link in a chain of liaisons to otherworldly alien gods. A pretty fun read through-and-through.


  • The ratings from my friends for this novella ranged from 2 stars, 3 stars, and five stars. The novella is not like Barron's early horror fiction. But I don't think its bizarro fiction either. The novella has been compared to the TV show The Venture Bros. I haven't seen the TV show. The article on The Venture Bros. says: "The Venture Bros. is an American animated television series that premiered on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim on February 16, 2003. It is considered to be an action/adventure ser [...]


  • Wow -- what an intense thrill ride from Laird Barron Did not expect an Indiana Jones-style escapade with horror and supernatural touches throughout. Occasionally hilarious, often strange, and very entertaining.


  • A superb novella that mashes up genres that I enjoy. I'd love to see an illustrated version of this at some point. The novella has many scenes that a good artist could portray. The story is excellent, the narrative races along and provides a rip roaring adventure tale of science fiction, horror, mystery, cosmic horror and more! A pulp masterpiece I highly recommend it.




  • Another enjoyable read from Laird Barron. In my opinion, not his best story, but an enjoyable one nonetheless. Parts of this were very good, and Laird put his trademark twist of cosmic goodness. I do hope we get other stories featuring the Tooms brothers, and Tom Mandibole was a very welcome addition!


  • With the amount of great short fiction I've read lately I feel spoiled, luckily a change of work will allow me to continue, and probably accelerate, my reading pace of late.Having read Occulation late last year I've been itching to dive into more stories by Laird Barron. With so many books that keep catching my attention I finally got around to picking up his latest collection and his two recently released novellas The Man With No Name and X's for Eyes. Despite my expectations for this novella i [...]


  • Or "Tom Swift's Amazing Eldritch Adventures," now with more sex and gore!This is a fun, funny, one-damn-thing-after-another adventure story with one foot in the classic Boy's Own adventures and the other in the Cthulhu-verse. It is often silly, and just as often grim or unsettling. The balance doesn't always work, but it is fast-paced and entertaining enough to pull you through the rough spots without much trouble.As in most adventure tales, the characters are just one step up from cardboard, an [...]


  • Fans of Barron's earlier "The Light is the Darkness" will find much to enjoy here. It has the same breezy, noir tone and black humor, like Lovecraft and Zelazny sharing a drink with Raymond Chandler.This book should have been called, "The Hardy Boys and the Case of Demon-Sultan Azathoth." As the aforementioned Mad Flautist of the Everdark is one of my favorite Mythos creations, I was well pleased.That said, this book is very, very short. When Stephen King had a novella of this length, he'd pack [...]


  • This was a weird one. I don't even know how to review it really. It has a little bit of everything here. Imagine the Venture Brothers guest starring in an Adventure Time cartoon written and drawn by Jack Kirby. I don't know how to make it sound any weirder than that and somehow it is. It moves fast and coupled with Barron's prose it's a little hard to follow at times. I'll have to write this off in the "not my thing" category. If you enjoy weird or cosmic horror stuff you might like this.


  • Rival Men-In-Black-esque corporations, Lovecraftian mythos, twisted characters with convoluted pasts and a mind-bending plot. Truly bizarre stuff here. The characters have very little agency, but that's rather the point it seems, as we observe them juggled like inconsequential balls by cosmic powers beyond understanding. All tremendous fun.


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